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Pioneer inspires new Lakes outdoor project
A NEW club for people who love the outdoors is being launched in Ambleside.
The Windermere Reflections John Muir club will bring together those interested in discovering, exploring, conserving and sharing their experience of the landscape. “It’s an opportunity to get involved in a whole range of exciting activities, enjoy a range of fascinating talks and to come together to organise your own events too,” said education officer Claire Backhouse.
“All this could just be for fun or count towards an award for your own satisfaction or as part of your continuous professional development.”
Windermere Reflections is the three-year Heritage Lottery Fund-supported programme to improve the environment in the Windermere catchment area. The first meeting of the new club will be on Wednesday October 9 from 2pm till 4pm in the Charlotte Mason building of the University of Cumbria Ambleside campus.
“This is open to anyone who loves the outdoors,” said Claire. “We’ve got great events planned already and we want to provide a basis for people to organise and plan events of their own too.
“The aim is to bring like-minded people together.”
Participation in events, such as a canoe trip on Windermere can lead to the John Muir award.
“This is an environmental award scheme focused on wild places which encourages awareness and responsibility for the natural environment, in a spirit of fun, adventure and exploration, “ said Claire.
There is an explorer level which is intermediate and has a minimum time commitment of eight days, with a higher conserver level.
John Muir, the Scots-born founder of the modern conservation movement, who died in 1914, believed in protecting wild land for its own sake because such places are essential for people and wildlife.
Claire said: “We’re targeting our club at adults and expect it to appeal to a wide range of people. We also plan to launch a club for students at the University of Cumbria.
“Activities will include walking, camping, geological surveys, and conservation opportunities include woodland planting, invasive species clearance, reed bed restoration, litter picking and upland path work, and more.”
A few places still remain for the free canoe trip, from the Low Wood Water Sports centre on Saturday and can be booked on 079669 36008.
A leaflet outlining the programme of events is being distributed and is also at www.windermere-reflections.org.uk/events/ Windermere Reflections has a blog set up for the club so that members can share their thoughts at: windermerereflections.wordpress.com/
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